Salt and tobacco, the two unlikely subjects of this strangely rewarding museum, were both protected by a Japanese government monopoly for many years, and that’s why there’s a museum devoted to such seemingly unrelated industries. Prosaic as they may sound, one look at the quirky treasures in the collections will zoom this museum straight to the top of your “I’m so glad we went!” list.
Also, if you feel like taking one of my favorite walks in Tokyo after visiting the Tobacco & Salt Museum, the canal that passes by the back door is landscaped for kilometers in a truly delightful way, including many playgrounds for kids.
Open: Every day except closed Monday
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Admission: Adults ¥100; Children and students ¥50
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Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan
The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist
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